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    Shell Sponsors Teacher Externship Week

    8th Annual Teacher Externship Week connects the classroom to the workforce

    HOUSTON -- Dozens of classroom teachers from 18 school districts are spending this week in Houston area offices and job sites, during Teacher Externship Week 2010 -- a collaboration between Houston A+ Challenge and the Greater Houston Partnership and sponsored by Shell, the company reported.

    This year's eighth annual Houston A+ Challenge Teacher Externship Week has participation from more than 30 businesses from across the Houston region, representing energy, aerospace, construction, nonprofit, legal and medical fields, and civil service.

    The Externship sends K-12 teachers to work with business professionals in their fields of study, in order to make students' learning more relevant to the workplace.

    After Externship week, teachers will use their firsthand experiences to produce lesson plans and teaching units that introduce students to ideas, problems and situations that they may encounter in the workforce.

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Houston A+ Challenge Teacher Externship program is sponsored by Shell Oil Co., which this year is hosting 11 teacher externs. Teachers participating in the Externship gain exposure to energy, aerospace, construction, fine arts, legal and medical fields, and civil service, the company reported.

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